Kamis, 23 Oktober 2014


By Andi Abdussalam   
          Jakarta, Oct 23 (Antara)  - Business makers and market players are closely following what steps are to be taken by newly installed President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, particularly with regard to his new cabinet lineup.
         Jokowi following his inauguration as Indonesia's seventh President on Monday, October 20, 2014 promised to announce immediately his cabinet ministers but until the fourth day on Thursday, the new president had yet to make public his ministers.
         Some analysts feared that Jokowi's slow pace in announcing the cabinet ministers' structure would fuel market negative sentiment while others believed that market players will understand the President's reason to postpone his announcement.
         In the morning on Wednesday, Jokowi said he would likely announce his cabinet lineup on that day, yet until Thursday, he did not realize it yet.
         The delayed announcement of the cabinet lineup is feared to reduce investors' and market players' trust and fuel negative sentiment in the money and stock markets, stated economic observer Enny Sri Hartati
     Researcher Enny Sri Hartati of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) noted on Thursday that the market players continued to closely follow Jokowi who said he will announce his cabinet lineup on Wednesday.

Rabu, 22 Oktober 2014


 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Oct 23 (Antara) - Newly installed President Joko Widodo  failed in his plan to announce the lineup of his cabinet on Wednesday as he has to replace some prospective ministers following scrutiny by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
         Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has planned to announce his ministers on Wednesday but the announcement was later delayed.
        "The names of ministers in the cabinet lineup will soon be announced today, either in the morning or afternoon," President Jokowi said during a friendly gathering with Jakarta provincial administrations officials at the Jakarta governor's official house in Menteng area on Wednesday morning.
         Jokowi remarked that the announcement will probably take place at one of several locations such as Pluit, Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, or Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta.
         "It is serious. We will announce the cabinet lineup today either in Tanah Abang, Tanjung Priok, Pluit, or other location," the newly installed president noted.
         There is no immediate information as to why the announcement was postponed, yet KPK Chairman Abraham Samad  has said ministerial candidates who have got the red and yellow marks were not recommended.
         President Jokowo's Transition Team has earlier submitted a list of 43 ministerial candidates to the KPK for studying the track record of those selected. The KPK submitted its view to the President later.

Senin, 20 Oktober 2014


By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Octo 21 (Antara) - Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo, popularly called Jokowi, has pledged to advance Indonesia's marine sector and to restore the nation's past maritime glory.
         The new president took the pledge after he was installed as Indonesia's seventh president along with Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) on Monday.
         He pointed out that Indonesia has, so far, focused on land activities and in the process, has overlooked its seas where the marine and fisheries sector has an economic potential of more than US$1.2 trillion a year.
         "We have left the seas, oceans, straits, and bays too long. Now is the time for us to get back and revive all this. We must be glorious at sea as reflected in the slogans of our ancestors in the past. We can echo the slogan again," the president remarked while addressing the plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Monday.
         Jokowi called on all Indonesians to work hard in developing the maritime sector as the future of the state depends on it.
        "We have to work as hard as possible to get Indonesia back to its previous maritime state's status. Oceans, seas, straits, and bays are the future of our civilization," the new president noted.


By Andi Abdussalam   
          Jakarta, Oct 20 (Antara) - Joko Widodo's government is expected to strengthen the country's tourism sector and increase the current foreign tourist arrivals of some 8-9 million a year to 20 million a year in the next five years.
         Tourism industry operators pin hopes on Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, who was inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president on Monday (Oct. 20, 2014), as he is believed to have special interests in the development of tourism.
         "We hope that Pak (Mr) Jokowi will support tourism businesses and involve tourism industry operators while drawing a development plan for the sector," Edwin Ismedi Himna, the chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) for Yogyakarta, said on Sunday.
         The tourism industry has extended full support for Jokowi who has set the tourist arrivals target at 20 million in the coming five years.

Sabtu, 18 Oktober 2014


 By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Oct 19 (Antara) - Indonesia's political tensions abruptly calmed down over a meeting between President-elect Joko Widodo and former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Friday.
         Tensions have been running high since July 9, 2014 presidential race over mutual claim of victory and alleged election fraud.
         Tensions continued despite a decision by the Constitutional Court (MK) confirming the victory of Joko Widodo. Lately rumors have it that there were efforts to thwart the presidential inauguration ceremony scheduled on Monday, October 20, 2014.
         But all this abruptly calmed down when President-elect Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, visited Prabowo on his birthday on Friday, creating conducive political atmosphere in the run-up to the presidential inauguration.
         Both leaders agreed to create and maintain peace and unity in Indonesia. "We agree to maintain the unity of Indonesia, the nation's ideology Pancasila, and the Constitution," Prabowo remarked after  the meeting at his late father's house in Jakarta.
         Jokowi based on schedule will be installed as Indonesia's seventh president along with his running mate Jusuf Kalla (JK) on Monday.

Jumat, 17 Oktober 2014


By Andi Abdussalam
       Jakarta, Oct 18 (Antara) - The next government under Joko Widodo, who will be sworn in as Indonesia's seventh president on Monday, is expected to continue development programs begun by outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
         The continuation of the programs, such as the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI), along with other people-oriented programs, is important for the people and for the sustainability of the nation's development.
         "Development is a long process. It is not an event that lasts only for one or two years. In view of that, our energy, spirit, and life must be aimed at sustainable development efforts. It is not only the environment that must be preserved, but also the development efforts in stages," outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated during a national meeting with regional civilian and military officials in Jakarta on Wednesday.
        Further, outgoing Vice President Boediono also asked upcoming vice president Jusuf Kalla to continue people-oriented programs, such as the rice for the poor scheme, in an effort to improve the welfare of those at the bottom of society.
        The MP3EI program is one of President Yudhoyono's main development programs in the economic field, which must be continued by the next government.


By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Oct 17 (Antara) - With the depletion of its fossil fuel reserves and increasing world calls for a clean environment, Indonesia is launching a biofuel mix program, as part of its efforts to turn towards eco-friendly energy.
         In carrying out this program, the government has been putting in place a 10-percent biofuel mix of fuel oil called B10. Biofuel mix is to be increased to 20 percent in 2016 when the biofuel mix is expected to reach 8 million kiloliters.
         To support this program, the government is using crude palm oil (CPO) as raw material in the 10 percent biofuel mix. This program is also aimed at reducing fuel imports.
         The government is set to increase the biofuel mix target to 30 percent in the future, if the B10 and B20 programs are successful in 2014 and 2016. "If we have enough time, we can introduce higher biodiesel blends. With uncertain prices at present, we can best allocate a substantial amount (of CPO for the mixture program)," Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said recently.
         This program also offers a sales guarantee to the country's CPO domestic industry. Thus, domestic palm oil industries have the chance to expand their businesses.